In 2008 and at the age of 45, Flea, bass player of the multiplatinum rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, enrolled as a freshman at University of Southern California’s music program to learn the academic side of music.

Flea Goes Back To School

As a member of the multiplatinum rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, Flea wouldn’t seem to need higher education to further his career. But the bassist has just enrolled as a freshman at the University of Southern California’s music program. For Flea, it’s an opportunity to learn the academic side of music.

“I studied music at the most remedial level when I was a kid, through the Los Angeles public schools, with a little private instruction,” Flea says. “All my career, all that I’ve really done has been based on emotion and intuition and gravitating toward what sounds good.”

Like any other freshman music major, Flea is starting at the beginning with Bach’s chorales and his four-part harmonies. It’s a different world from that of the Re…
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